Urban Reserve is Getting The Attention it Deserves on Local Networks

Urban Reserve 4 We’ve been talking about Urban Reserve and its dedicated developer Diane Cheatham for quite a long time, so we were so happy to see stories about this incredible sustainable, architect-driven neighborhood on our local Fox and ABC affiliates! It’s funny how real estate is a big story now, isn’t it? (more…)

Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour is This Weekend


The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year's Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour.

The modern home at 434 W. Greenbriar is on this year’s Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

Here’s one of our favorite home tours featuring the incredibly diverse architecture of Oak Cliff. The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s annual fall home tour has a great schedule this year, with stops that include Arts & Crafts, contemporary, mid-century modern, and traditional-style homes. Seriously, check out some of the cool room-by-room galleries from Shoot2Sell. Amazing stuff! The tour, which is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18 and 19), will also include a bonus stop a the Oak Cliff Bank Tower.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for seniors in advance of the tour. You can preview all of the amazing homes on the OOCCL website, but go ahead and just buy a few tickets because it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend and we can’t imagine anything more fun that touring some equally gorgeous homes in one of Dallas’ coolest areas.


Modern Marvel on Abbott is Shining Star of Contemporary Architecture Row



Want to know one of the hottest neighborhoods in town where Baby Boomers are buying every inch of land they can grab? I call it Contemporary Architecture Row, a sliver of land between Highland Park, the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, about one block long in Northern Heights. Here you will find 60 by 150 lots zoned for up to four units — dense living, but not too. Close to EVERYTHING, and somewhat walkable. June and Oliver Mattingly first got the design ball rolling. Now Frank Welch lives there — I’m visiting with him this Friday, having missed our meeting last week apres wild Dallas storms that left us without electricity. There are so many stunning contemporary homes here, designs by Graham Greene, Lionel Morrison, and  Max Levy.

“Take a stroll in that neighborhood, and you’ll have a primer on the best architects and best neighborhood designs in town,” says David Griffin. (more…)

8643 Groveland Side Twilight

They have great views!

OK, that was a really bad joke, but it does illustrate why our Friday Four Hundred this week is an amazing property. This modern home at 8643 Groveland was just featured in the White Rock Home Tour, and is a gorgeous example of sustainable architecture and design. Not only does this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath modern masterpiece have tons of windows all around its exterior, but it takes advantage of the nature surrounding the home, allowing the homeowner to feel more connected to the outside space. It’s not a huge home at 1,550 square feet, but thanks to the windows, it feels that way. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Jude Nash for $469,000.

43 Vanguard Front

I love Urban Reserve for many reasons, most of which coincide with my general adoration for modern architecture. Another reason to love Urban Reserve, a Matthews | Nichols development East of 75 and North of Royal Lane, is the focus on sustainability.

Of course, some people have bought lots in this fantastic subdivision to build groundbreaking dream homes with forward-thinking designs that you’d most often see in the pages of Architectural Digest, or any of the seemingly endless supply of Pinterest pages and Houzz idea books that celebrate modern architecture. But if you’re not the type of person who would wait four or five years between design and move-in, then perhaps 43 Vanguard Way is a better idea. You can quell your love for modern design and sustainability with this incredible LEED platinum home.

43 Vanguard Living

With 1,200 square feet and two bedrooms and two baths, this home is great for someone who wants to downsize but not sacrifice on design. In fact, that’s exactly the purpose behind the design by DSGN Associates, which was featured on the 2012 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

DSGN Associates was tasked with designing a budget-savvy but personalized “home base” for a pair of empty nesters. Vanguard Way is the result, a compact, two-bedroom home achieving high livability and high sustainability at an affordable cost. A collaborative effort between DSGN Associates, the client and the developer, this home takes advantage of a unique site to create an open, efficient plan with controlled views to a sunny garden. A generous roof deck provides a second outdoor living space and dynamic views to the adjacent DART line.

Generous windows on the south facade, balanced by small skylights, allow ample natural light during the winter months to all major rooms while a generous roof overhang shields the interior from harsh summer sun. Other sustainability features include advanced wood framing, Echoshel cedar shingle panels installed as a rain screen, photovoltaic solar array, geothermal heat pump HVAC, and energy recovery ventilation.

We love the interior features of this home, which includes polished concrete floors, sliding wall-hung doors, and beautiful windows from which you can admire your treehouse-type view.

43 Vanguard Dining

This gorgeous home is marketed by Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s agent Christy Berry for $415,000. For an award-winning structure such as this, it sounds like a fabulous bargain. What do you think?

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8205 Forest Hills Front

Josy Cooner-Collins, co-owner of modern furnishings retailer Scott+Cooner, has her fingerprints on many amazing interiors in Dallas, but her most famous would be the W Hotel in Victory Park. With sleek design and fun details, everything Josy touches turns out amazing. Tons of curves and pops of color make her projects stand out.

8205 Forest Hills WalkwayThis design philosophy carries over to Cooner-Collins’ own home, a beautiful, vast Hill-Country-style abode in Forest Hills. A short walk from White Rock Lake and on a huge lot, this six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath beauty doesn’t disappoint. It has an organic modern vibe, with natural materials and clean lines. For Cooner-Collins, it has been a place her family has loved. However, it’s time to move on, she says.

8205 Forest Hills Living

“Our family is not as big as it once was. We have a total of five children, and only two are still at home,” Cooner-Collins said. “We adore the house but are excited to have a new chance to build another great house by White Rock Lake.”

I, for one, am thrilled to hear that not only will Cooner-Collins stay in the area, but we get another fabulous home designed and decorated with her amazing style. Of course, 8205 Forest Hills Boulevard is a work of art in its own right, with dry-stacked stone on the outside, polished blue limestone inside, and niches and nooks for art and collections of all kinds throughout. This 5,375-square-foot home is listed for $1.7 million by Scott Carlson.

8205 Forest Hills to Kitchen

“I love the layout, as everyone has their own space when in the house,” Cooner-Collins said. “We can have a dinner for 20 and the kids, who range in age from 8 to 33, can have their own space in it.”

It also feels private thanks to the immense front yard, which clocks in at close to an acre, she said. Other features that Cooner-Collins adores include the chef-worthy kitchen, the view of the pool from the master suite, and the way guests can gaze at the Japanese garden from the guest suite.

8205 Forest Hills Kitchen

The location is a gem, too, she said.

“I am an avid runner and love having the lake two blocks away,” Cooner-Collins said. “That has been a wonderful element.”

With a mixture of linear elements and gorgeous natural materials, this family home is, as Cooner-Collins calls it, “warm and modern.” We totally agree.

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Walling Front 1

When you think about Midcentury Modern architecture, some defining features often pop up. According to Mark Meckfessel, FAIA, here are some common characteristics found in Midcentury Modern design:

Floor plans tended to be more open, with less separation among living, dining and family areas. Large, continuous expanses of windows broke down traditional notions of “inside” and “outside”. Roofs tended to be flatter and building forms more geometrically crisp. Structure was often openly expressed and applied ornamentation – cornices, brackets, moldings, etc. – was minimized or avoided altogether.

I think you’ll find a lot of these same characteristics in 7272 Walling Lane, a split-level Mid-Mod built in 1958. It is wonderfully preserved, and has a gorgeous backyard with a pool, too. It comes in at more than 2,400 square feet, so it’s a good size for a family, too.

Walling Living Fireplace

With three bedrooms, two baths, and a sunken living area with floating stairs, this home delivers on Midcentury style. Check out the cool fireplace in the living room, and the gorgeous clerestory windows that keep the light flooding into the home from many different angles. I’m not a fan of the carpet, but for this price — $309,000 — you can afford to do a few upgrades of your own.

Walling Living Stairs

One place I would think you might leave alone, though, would be the kitchen. I just adore it, with the original cabinetry with by-pass doors and the cool stained-glass window behind the kitchen sink, it’s just so vintage and fun! There are new countertops, too, but I wouldn’t be hurt if you upgraded the appliances.

New Walling Kitchen

The master bedroom is huge, and has a wall of windows from which you can see the backyard and the fantastic little pool. I’m not sure I love the air conditioning unit as it’s installed in the wall there, but it could be worse.

Master Bedroom

Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos of either bathroom with this listing, which could be a turn-off to prospective buyers. But maybe they’ll be willing to overlook that when they see the stone patio in the back.

Walling Backyard

Tuesday Two Hundred: Fabulous 2/2 Unit Inside The Beat Condos

The Beat Lofts

Everything is moving south, it seems. I bumped into Cooper Smith Koch, one of my favorite Kessler Park residents and JC Penney models, over the weekend. I just adore Cooper, mostly because he’s just as smart as he is fun, and he shares a first name with my favorite person ever — my son!

Cooper and I got to talking about how fast things are moving south of the Trinity, and according to Cooper, North Oak Cliff and West Dallas are edging toward critical mass.

I have to believe it, really, with all of the mixed-use and luxury developments that are sprouting up. The first phase of Sylvan|Thirty will open later this year, and tons of other projects in the area have cleared hurdles with the city. Luxury apartments are going up in Winnetka Heights, and property values are climbing at quite the clip.

Beat Living Kitchen

Which brings us to the Cedars, an area just east of North Oak Cliff and south of Interstate 30. It’s popular with young professionals and artists, with brand new highrises and close proximity to the Dallas Police Department’s HQ. Our Thursday Three Hundred is a beautiful two-bedroom, two-bath condo inside The Beat Lofts, a midcentury-styled highrise building built in 2007.

Beat Master

This sixth-floor unit features fabulous downtown views from the corner balcony and the floor-to-ceiling windows in both the master bedroom and living room. It’s urban and chic and completely affordable. It’s marketed by Al Coker for $279,900. It’s spacious, too, clocking in at 1,155 square feet.

Beat master Bath

And if you think moving south of downtown Dallas means you have to skimp on amenities, well, think again. The Beat features a second-floor deck with a saltwater pool, plenty of grilling and entertaining space, a fire pit, and dog park right next door.

Beat Balcony

Of course, the inside of Unit 607 is just perfect, with a great little kitchen and living area, pristine sealed concrete floors, and a great master bath with oversized shower. It also has views of the second-floor deck from the balcony.

When it comes to investing in Southern Dallas, all signs point to yes. This could be a great opportunity to do just that! What do you think?